The future of UK design rights - priorities for a reformed framework

Tuesday, 23rd October 2012
Princess Alexandra Hall, Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James's Street, London SW1A 1LR
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Guest of Honour: Howard Ripley, Policy Advisor, Intellectual Property Office

This seminar is supported by Speechly Bircham

Following Government's response to the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, and timed as the Intellectual Property Office is due to respond to its current consultation on the future of the UK design rights system, this seminar will bring together key policymakers and stakeholders to discuss how the UK's intellectual property framework can better support innovation and growth in design and design related industries.

The seminar will provide delegates with an opportunity to assess possible reforms to what Hargreaves labeled "a patchwork of protection" - looking at the future of registered and unregistered design rights at domestic and community levels, as well as how design rights interact with other areas of intellectual property law such as copyright. Sessions will also include stakeholder perspectives on how policymakers can better help UK designers establish, maintain and profit from their design rights when trading internationally, with latest thinking on the value of design to the UK in the global economy.

We are delighted that Howard Ripley, Policy Advisor, Intellectual Property Office; Michelle Lewiston, Solicitor, Speechly Bircham and Contributor, The Development of Design Law - Past and Future and Andrew Sissons, Researcher, Big Innovation Centre and Contributor, UK Design as a global industry have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar.

Simon Clark, Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner; Deborah Dawton, Chief Executive Officer, Design Business Association; Duncan Fitzsimons, Director, Invention & Ergonomics, Vitamins; Lorrie Humphrey, Head of Commercial - Intellectual Property and Technology Law, BAE Systems; Dids Macdonald, Chief Executive Officer, Anti Copying in Design (ACID); Dr Emma Murphy, Lecturer, Design Management, Lancaster University; Hugo Spowers, Founder, Riversimple and Clive Thorne, Partner, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain have also agreed to speak.

Gavin Williamson MP, Co-Chair, Associate Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group and Baroness Whitaker, Vice-Chair, Associate Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group have kindly agreed to chair this seminar. Additional senior participants are being approached.